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Laslo Boyd: My Thanksgiving Wish List

By: Laslo Boyd  Thanksgiving for most people is about more than overeating and watching football games. It is a time to acknowledge the things for which we are grateful. Family and friends are usually at the top of the list in a holiday that emphasizes community and togetherness. For a day, or even a long weekend, we focus less on the things that divide us. It’s a distinctly American holiday without the fireworks and patriotic songs but with a deep recognition of the benefits that we enjoy as citizens of the United States. Increasingly, however, the spirit of community that characterizes Thanksgiving is missing from our politics and interactions the rest of the year.  The first item on my Thanksgiving Wish List for 2014 is the hope that we as a nation can regain a greater sense of common purpose and togetherness. Too many of our political disagreements revolve around who... Continue reading
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Josh Kurtz: The Permanent Government

By: Josh Kurtz  Maybe it’s because Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R) has so far done nothing to flesh out his priorities. Maybe it’s because he hasn’t made a single appointment for his incoming administration. But for now, the sense that a big change is coming to Annapolis, so palpable in the immediate aftermath of Hogan’s stunning victory, has faded considerably. Make no mistake, change is coming. Even if Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) had won, there would be changes. It’s inevitable with a new administration. But Hogan’s first selections for his transition team, coupled with the reshuffling of key leadership positions in the legislature and the early reaction of lobbying shops and interest groups around town, reinforces the notion that Annapolis is a place where even if roles occasionally change, the cast of characters never does. “The Permanent Government,” as the late, great New York muckraker Jack Newfield used to call it,... Continue reading
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What College Means to Me: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

In support of Baltimore City Public Schools, the CollegeBound Foundation has launched a new series of online videos featuring prominent Baltimoreans talking about “what college means to me.” The series promotes November as College Awareness Month and runs through the end of the year, with new episodes released weekly. Guests include UMBC President Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, Enoch Pratt CEO Dr. Carla Hayden, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Schools CEO Dr. Gregory Thornton, and more. For additional episodes, or to learn more about college access, please visit Continue reading
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Donald Fry: Cultivating higher expectations in Baltimore

By: Donald C. Fry  Baltimore’s businesses and communities are “fighting a culture of low expectations,” says David Warnock, founder and chairman of the Warnock Foundation. “The fact of the matter is, Baltimore has got to believe in itself.” Warnock, who is also a managing member of Camden Partners, a private equity firm, joined other Baltimore entrepreneurs Karl R. Gumtow, CEO of CyberPoint International, and Todd Marks, president and CEO of Mindgrub Technologies, as featured speakers at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s November 18 “Meet the Moguls” program on Innovation and Technology. All delivered enthusiastic personal assessments of Baltimore as a terrific place to live and to grow a technology business, or any business for that matter. They unanimously and emphatically delivered one fundamental message: businesses that are here need to shout Baltimore’s story beyond our state’s border. It’s critical to the Baltimore region’s businesses development that successful businesses, particularly small companies, collaborate... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: A Chilly Welcome for USM’s Next Chancellor

By: Laslo Boyd  Over the past several years, Maryland has been an oasis for public higher education. While most states were slashing funding for their public colleges and universities in the face of staggering financial problems, Maryland almost alone avoided that temptation. Through a remarkable partnership between Governor Martin O’Malley, the Maryland General Assembly, and University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan, funding continued to increase even as tuition rose far less than the national average. Kirwan was the skilled advocate who made the case that public higher education is a critical investment if the state is to remain competitive in a world economy that increasingly values knowledge and creativity. The Governor and leaders of the Legislature made the tough decisions to maintain higher education as a state priority in the face of tough economic times. One result that has greatly benefitted students and their parents is that the average tuition... Continue reading
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